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#ASCA16 Roundup


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I was #NotAtASCA16 this year but I tried to gather as much info as I could from my fellow school counselors who were attending ASCA in NOLA this year.

Here are some of the great resources I discovered through TagBoard

**Collective Notes on Google Docs**


For Professional Development


To Use with Students


Websites, New Technology & Online Resources:


Curriulum Information Websites:


So much great information! Thanks to everyone who shared information with the #ASCA16 hashtag so I could learn through your experiences.

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#ASCA14 Conference Notes: Day 2

Disclosure of material connection: Some of the links in the post below are “affiliated links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item I will receive a small commission. With that said, I only recommend items that I have found useful as a school counselor and educator. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Untitled design (8)As you may know I did not attend the ASCA conference in Orlando, Florida this year. I was glued to twitter and soaking in as much as I could without being actually present during the sessions. Below is my list of resources I learned about and heard about on day 2 of the conference. You may notice that there are a few less here then there were on Day 1. I think its because everyone, myself included, was so excited, inspired, uplifted, and overjoyed by the First Lady’s remarks that morning. I know I was! Even so, there are a lot of things here that I really excited about. What has been your favorite new resource from ASCA14? 



Attachment Styles at the Workplace – article shared during a school climate ASCA session

Career planning mini-guide for high school students

NCAA pdf on probability of competing in post-high school sports

Powerpoint on Branding & marketing your school counseling program

Powerpoint on PBIS from ASCA14

Powerpoint on Interventions to support anxious students

The Race – a poem read by keynote speaker Stedman Graham



The 50th Law by 50 Cent & Robert Greene – use this book, which looks at the life of Curtis Jackson (rapper 50 cent) and his ability to overcome adverse situations, for classroom or group lessons

Freakonomics [Revised and Expanded]: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner – this book is also an unexpected, but great, resource for creating engaging classroom lessons

The Use of Data in School Counseling: Hatching Results for Students, Programs, and the Profession by Trish Hatch – this book provides practical advice on how to collect, incorporate, and utilize data in a school counseling program.

You Can Make It Happen: A Nine Step Plan for Success by Stedman Graham – keynote speaker at #ASCA14


Bitly – shorten url links instantly and collect stats on the number of times the bitly is being clicked. It also keeps all of the bitly urls you create in a searchable list.

Comfort Boxes – Pinterest expressive art therapy idea

Kahoot – an online way to collect data by having students take surveys and quizzes through their site. You can include pictures and videos too.

Poll Everywhere – awesome tool to use with students, staff or parents during lessons or presentations. Collect data and ensuring comprehension at the same time!

#scchat Twitter Chats – 1st Tuesday of every month chat with school counselors from around the world on twitter

The Leader in Me – This is a program that is based on the book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People for students.

Veracity Matters – a character education program


Assessing Data and Be Accountable — matthew berry (@1wildcounselor) July 1, 2014


  • “The greatest fear people have is of being themselves” awesome quote from a book by 50 cent! Great ideas for lessons! #asca14 — Kelli Isamat (@McIsamat) July 1, 2014
  • We need to work on the school culture, for both students and staff. Don’t forget about your staff #ASCA14#SCCHAT — Ryan VanKampen (@TheRVK) July 1, 2014
  • Find collaborators, review data, create a plan and LISTEN to your stakeholders, parents, students, teachers, community, etc. #ASCA14 #Lead — Chris Wood (@ChrisWood415) July 1, 2014
  • Big day at Conference Learning about school climate need a flow chart of staff structure; have a STAFF CELEBRATION committee #ASCA14 — Mary Beth McCormac (@mbmccormac) July 1, 2014
  • Use a video game clip instead of a movie clip if you want to draw boys/gamers in when you want to emphasize an issue in CR guidance. #asca14 — Keith McMillin (@McMillinMEd) July 1, 2014


Look for Day 3 of ASCA Resources soon!

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#NotAtASCA14 – Top 5 Tips for the ASCA 2014 Conference (from home).

Untitled design (5)Not going to the ASCA conference this year? Afraid you are missing out on ALL the great information being shared in Orlando?
Have no fear! Below you will find my top 5 tips to getting the most out of the ASCA conference from HOME.


Last summer was the first summer I was aware of this magical conference held by the American School Counselor Association each year. I attended the VCA conference in November, 2012 and I became interested in going to as many conferences as possible… then reality set in. I was a graduate student on a shoestring budget. There was no way I could afford to go to ASCA last year (or this year, for that matter). With that said, I made the most of the conference from my couch. Yes, you read that correctly – my couch! As I prepare to enjoy ASCA 2014 from my home again this year I thought I would share a few tricks I picked up last year.


1. Use Twittertwitter

I finally learned how to use Twitter last summer during the ASCA conference. I was surprised and amazed by the number of people posting information, quotes, links, and pictures while attending ASCA. If you are not sure how to use twitter or where to begin read this article on SCOPE by Danielle Schultz from School Counselor Blog. You can also follow Danielle (@sch_counselor), as well Dr. Erin Mason (@ecmmason), the creator of SCOPE, on twitter. You can also follow me @ElizabethVASC.

Here are some great hashtags (#) to use during the conference: #ASCA14 #NotAtASCA14 #scchat #sccrowd  Towards the end of #ASCA14 you will likely see mentions of #ASCA15 as well. Searching for these hashtags will also help you connect with other school counselors from around the world. To really connect with them, join the conversation! Not sure what a hashtag is exactly? Let Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake explain (okay maybe it is not an explanation but it makes me laugh). The edublogger has a great article about using twitter for your professional development and HOW to use it successfully.


2. Use Tagboard.tagboard

Tagboard is awesome. Amber Shepherd (@AmberShepherd) reminded me of this fun website at the Virginia School Counselor Association conference this past March during her tech presentation. Tagboard is a website that collects information from all of the social media sites to create a board for a specific hashtag. By using the same hashtags above you can find tagboards are being created and constantly changing: #ASCA14, #NotAtASCA14, #scchat, #sccrowd


3. Use the ASCA AppASCA2014

ASCA has created an app, as well as a websiteWhen you open the website you will see in the top right hand corner links to the google play store and the apple store. You can download the app there. Here you will find the handouts that presenters have submitted to them. I found this EXTREMELY helpful last year and am already so excited by the great resources available this year. I wish I was able to attend many of these sessions, but this is the next best thing. I also so very grateful that presenters submit handouts to be shared. It really is helpful and greatly appreciated


4. Live Streaming. obama

This year the First Lady Michelle Obama will be speaking at the national conference. ASCA will be live streaming her speech for all of us to enjoy. The ASCA website says to check in to their site around 11:45 on Tuesday, July 1 to be able to watch for free. I plan on trying to check in a little earlier than that if possible. I also read that the screen will remain black until the First Lady takes the stage so do not be alarmed if nothing is showing up on your screen immediately. If you would like you can also live stream more of the conference for a fee. It costs $99 to register for one day of live streaming or to view the pre-conference RAMP information session or you can pay $199 to view three and a half days worth of conference sessions. Please note that the sessions are pre-selected for live streaming and are listed on the registration site.


5. Enjoy! LEARN-pic-4

Last year I was overwhelmed by the amount of information I was receiving from the conference and I wasn’t actually in attendance. The good news is that twitter hashtags, tagboards, the ASCA app, and all of the resources you are sure to hear about will be available after the conference is over. Enjoy gathering information and resources, as well as connecting with others who are either at home or in Orlando.


What are your tips for a successful #ASCA14 conference even if you are #NotAtASCA14 ?


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